Malachi Kirby

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Malachi Kirby
Born (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 28)
London, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Known for Roots
Home town London, England, UK

Malachi Kirby (born 20 September 1989[1]) is an English actor known for his roles in EastEnders and Doctor Who.[2] He was born in London and grew up in Battersea. His parents have Jamaican ancestry. His father died when Kirby was six, and his mother is a government worker. Because he was shy, at 14 years old, his mother signed him up for classes at the Battersea Arts Centre. Later, Kirby studied acting at the Identity School founded by actor, Femi Oguns.[3]

Kirby starred as Kunta Kinte in the 2016 version of Roots, portraying the lead character.[4][5] His performance was well received by critics.[6][7]

Kirby was shortlisted for the 'Outstanding Newcomer' award at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.[8]

In October 2016, Kirby starred in an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror directed by Jakob Verbruggen entitled "Men Against Fire".[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 My Murder
2012 My Brother the Devil
2012 Offender Harry
2013 Gone Too Far! Yemi
2014 Kajaki Snoop
2015 Dough
2016 Fallen Roland Sparks
Year Title Role Notes
2014 EastEnders Wayne Ladlow 8 episodes
2015 Doctor Who Gastron Episode: "Hell Bent"
2016 Roots Kunta Kinte
2016 Black Mirror Stripe Episode: "Men Against Fire"[10]


  1. ^ "Malachi Kirby". Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "EastEnders actor Malachi Kirby will play the lead role in a Roots reboot". Digital Spy. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Rose, Steve (24 May 2016). "Malachi Kirby on remaking Roots: 'I could feel the pain, hear the screams'". Retrieved 5 November 2016 – via The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "Roots: Malachi Kirby joins black British actors taking centre stage in new adaptation of US slavery drama". The Independent. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kunta Kinte played by Londoner Malachy Kirby". The Telegraph. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Roots, episode 1, review: 'Brit actor Malachi Kirby is exceptional in this powerful remake'". Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "This Astonishing, Star-Making Turn Alone Makes Roots Must-See TV". Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Malachi Kirby – The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company". Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Malachi Kirby To Star In Jakob Verbruggen-Directed Episode Of Netflix's 'Black Mirror'". Deadline. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "S'Black Mirror', 'One Day At A Time' & More Get Premiere Dates On Netflix – TCA". Deadline. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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